Where is the best Charleston shopping?

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With its combination of sheer variety of shops and great walkability, Charleston is a great shopping destination. Along with national chains like J.Crew and American Apparel, King Street is home to dozens of local clothing stores. When Taylor Swift visited Charleston in 2011, she was spotted at Copper Penny, a local boutique famous for their shoes. Also on King Street, the popular Luna is a locals’ favorite for fashionistas, while the British-transplant Amanda Rosen has established her Butterfly Consignment Boutique as a constant temptation for women in the area. Around the corner at 57 Cannon Street, experience a true bit of Charleston style at Magar Hatworks, where Leigh Magar constructs handmade hats fit for a roaring ‘20s ball where everyone is dancing the Charleston.

For everything from souvenirs to clothing to benne wafers (a local cracker made from the seed of the benne grain), the newly renovated City Market is the obvious choice for shoppers. A healthy mix of table vendors and more permanent shops, the market can swallow an entire day with shopping bliss if you allow it to.

In between vendor rows at the market, Gullah women weave sweetgrass baskets in the fashion handed down generation after generation. These iconic Charleston souvenirs can cost a pretty penny, but they’re a beautiful reminder of your trip.

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